Halloween Safety Tips | Injury Prevention | Tyler Texas

Injury Prevention and Halloween Safety Tips

Now is the time of year when kids, and some adults, dress-up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. Dressing-up and enjoying all of the candy collected are two of the many reasons families in the greater Tyler, Texas area love Halloween. Before your family begins roaming the streets, follow these Halloween safety tips courtesy of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler. Our pain physicians are proud to serve the East Texas area and to share injury prevention tips for all ages.

Halloween Injury Statistics

Research from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) shows that during 2007-2015:

  • Halloween was the holiday with the fifth highest number of emergency room visits among children 18 and younger, behind Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Easter.
  • Head injuries accounted for the greatest proportion of injuries on Halloween (17.6%).
  • Children under age 5 (28.8%) and children ages 10-14 (28.5%) sustained the greatest proportion of injuries.

Halloween Safety Tips

Before your family takes off trick-or-treating this Halloween, follow these simple injury prevention tips.

  • Trick-or-treat safely

    • All children should have adult supervision at all times
    • Only approach homes that are well-lit
    • Beware of family pets when approaching their home
  • Keep Halloween costumes creative and safe

    • Carry glow sticks or wear glow jewelry as part of the costume
    • Select the right size costume and ensure children can walk well in it to avoid trips and falls
    • Use face paint and makeup instead of masks to help children see better
    • Decorate candy bags with reflective tape
    • Select a bright-colored costume, if possible, so children can be seen easier as the sun goes down
  • Walk safely while trick-or-treating

    • Cross the street at corners only after looking both ways
    • Always walk on paths and sidewalks. If the road is the only option, always walk facing traffic
    • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes to avoid foot pain and/or slips and falls

Parents are also encouraged to carry a flashlight so they can see and be seen at all times, as well as a cell phone in case of an emergency. Halloween safety tips also extend to drivers. All drivers are encouraged to slow down and be alert during trick-or-treating hours in their community. Drive slowly and leave in plenty of time since automobile and pedestrian traffic will be heavier than normal. Following all of these tips will help ensure injury prevention for both parents and children.

As you and your family head out to trick-or-treat this Halloween, follow these simple Halloween safety tips. To learn even more about injury prevention, contact the Tyler, Texas pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, or visit our website at www.paincentertyler.com.


Bone and Joint Health | Musculoskeletal Disorders | Pain Physicians Tyler Texas

An Overview of Bone and Joint Health

Bone and Joint Action Week, courtesy of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), is held every year from October 12-20 to help raise awareness of the many health disorders that affect millions of Americans’ bone health and joint health. It is estimated more than half – 54% – of Americans over the age of 18 years are affected by a musculoskeletal (bone and joint) disorder. These disorders include arthritis, back pain, neck pain, spinal deformity and traumatic injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler and our two pain physicians in Tyler, Texas are proud to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders in patients living in the East Texas area.

Bone and Joint Health Facts

Bone health and joint health are extremely important to patients of all ages. When a musculoskeletal disorder or injury is present, a patient will experience pain, loss of joint mobility and loss of full body function. Here are a few bone and joint health facts, courtesy of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI):

  • 54% of Americans over the age of 18 years are affected by a bone and joint condition
  • 33% of these Americans require medical attention for their musculoskeletal disorder
  • Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common cause of physical disability and chronic pain
  • An estimated $874 billion from 2009-2011 was associated with musculoskeletal disorder treatments and lost wages
  • The cost of bone and joint healthcare escalated in 2011 with “Baby Boomers” and is expected to continue for decades

Bone and Joint Health Tips

Joint health and bone health are important to all patients, no matter their age. Injuries to the body’s bones and joints are common, and increase with age in many patients. Here are some great, easy ways to keep bones and joints healthy:

  • Engage in athletic activities each week to strengthen the muscles around the joints and to keep the body mobile. Many health professionals recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week, as well as two or more days of strengthening exercises.
  • Eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, proteins and calcium-enriched foods.
  • Get outside and enjoy the sunshine. It is clinically proven Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate, both helping to protect the bones throughout the human body. By getting fresh air and some sunshine, the body is able to produce additional Vitamin D.

For more resources on bone health and joint health, or to discuss a musculoskeletal disorder with one of our pain physicians in Tyler, Texas, please contact the office of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.

Pain Management Specialists | Chronic Pain | Tyler TX

Pain Management Specialists &
Chronic Pain Overview

A pain management specialist has advanced, special training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of various types of pain, including acute pain and chronic pain. Pain often occurs after an automobile accident, work-related injury, sports injury, home injury or other traumatic event. Pain is the body’s warning sign that it has become injured or is suffering from a serious health condition. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, serving the greater Tyler, Texas and East Texas area, specializes in pain management and has two highly trained and experienced pain management specialists available to help return patients to normal, everyday activities.

What is Pain?

Pain is often characterized in the medical community as an uncomfortable feeling that tells the body something is not right. Pain can be acute or chronic, as well as steady, throbbing, stabbing, pinching or aching. Acute pain is short-lived and usually occurs after an injury, while chronic pain is present for long periods of time (over 6 months) and often indicates a disease or serious injury is present. Patients suffering from chronic pain must undergo a specific treatment plan designed specifically for them so they can return to a pain-free lifestyle.

What to do When Pain Becomes Chronic

When a patient begins to experience chronic pain, their daily life is usually changed. They can no longer enjoy family activities or perform many work-related activities throughout the day.

Patients experiencing chronic pain often avoid behaviors and movements that trigger the pain. While this helps eliminate some degree of pain, it creates additional muscle wasting and inflammation of the body’s soft structures. Because of this, our pain management specialists offer a multidisciplinary/multimodal treatment plan that involves pain management and physical therapy. The physical therapy rehabilitation program is designed to change learned behaviors that may have contributed to additional pain, as well as to keep the body mobile.

Why Should Patients Visit a Pain Management Specialist?

All patients are encouraged to visit a pain management specialist at their earliest opportunity. Chronic pain can affect numerous aspects of a patient’s life, including social, emotional and psychological. Limiting physical activity, avoiding social events and the stress associated with battling chronic pain daily often leads to anxiety, depression and loss of healthy sleep patterns.

A pain management specialist offers much more than just pain management medications. Pain specialists are able to treat various types of pain by utilizing x-rays, fluoroscopic and guided procedures in hopes of minimizing the need for long-term medications and injections. A pain specialist is trained to diagnose the cause of pain and develop a multimodal treatment plan that alleviates the level of pain while incorporating physical therapy programs to help patients return to a healthy and happy quality of life.

For additional information on chronic pain, or to schedule an appointment with a pain management specialist, please contact the Tyler, Texas office of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.

Physical Therapy Month | Rehabilitation | Tyler TX

October is Physical Therapy Month

Every October, the medical community celebrates National Physical Therapy Month. The entire month of October is used to raise awareness of the numerous benefits of physical therapy and rehabilitation programs, including improvement of motion and mobility and the avoidance of surgery and addictive prescription medications. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, offers an exceptional physical therapy and rehabilitation department designed to relieve chronic pain and restore function in patients.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Pain physicians often prescribe a detailed physical therapy and rehabilitation program to patients suffering from a work related injury, automobile accident injury, sports injury or home injury. Physical therapists also work with patients suffering from disabling health conditions such as back pain, low back pain, neck pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.

Physical therapy is designed to improve mobility, restore function, relieve chronic pain and prevent or limit a patient’s physical disabilities associated with an injury or disease. Physical therapists strive to regain and restore a patient’s mobility and motion without the use of surgery or prescription medications.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs often utilize a combination of massage, muscle stimulation, strengthening exercises, stretching exercises and manipulation of the affected bones and joints.

National Physical Therapy Month Focuses on Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management

The 2016 campaign for National Physical Therapy Month is focused on physical therapy as a safe and effective pain management treatment instead of addictive opioids.

Since 1999, American patients have been prescribed addictive opioids at an increasing rate to manage chronic pain. Common opioid medications include Vicodin, Opana, Methodone, OxyContin and Perocet. While these prescription medications can relieve pain, many patients become addicted and experience depression, overdoses and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.

The CDC is encouraging medical professionals to treat the true cause of chronic pain and not just mask it with prescription medications. Physical therapy is considered a safe and effective pain management alternative to opioid use. Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are highly successful at relieving pain, improving function and increasing overall health and wellness.

For additional resources on physical therapy and rehabilitation programs to alleviate chronic pain, please contact the physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas communities.